The Heart of Texas Foundation College of Ministry for women is located at the Hobby Unit for Women, in Marlin (30 minutes south of Waco). The historic first class of women, the 30 women of the class of 2025, are nearing completion of their freshman year of study.
“Seeing is believing.” There is no more powerful proof of that old expression than to go into a men’s maximum-security prison with us. We often take new friends of our work into the prisons to visit our Field Ministers. We often take donors as well. And our visitors encounter experiences they never could have imagined.
The Heart of Texas Foundation College of Ministry runs on a five-term year running from January to December. Each term is eight weeks of instruction. And in each of the five terms, every student is taking two courses. The student body of the Heart of Texas Foundation College of Ministry includes 133 men and 30 women. We are in the process now of identifying the Class of 2026. As the Lord wills, the Class of 2025 will be the first class to graduate both men and women.
What drives us in this calling? It is to take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the darkest of places. For us, those places are where men and women in solitary confinement live out their days, and often years, alone. Totally alone. They are not allowed to go to church, to attend bible study, to take classes, go to the library, the recreation yard, the cafeteria. They are locked up inside the lockup.